I have a question for you:
Do you inspire students every 30 minutes?
As SLPs, we have students coming in and out of our therapy rooms every 30 or so minutes. Classroom teachers have their “morning meets” to inspire, motivate, and to set the tones in their classrooms for the day. Our challenge as SLPs, we have to do it EVERY 30 minutes for a new group!!
Why is it important to keep students inspired?
Our students struggle with learning and/or communicating. They need to be pushed to work hard and practice their strategies we are teaching them. We need to make our therapy rooms warm and inviting and keep this energy going ALL day long!
How do I recharge to inspire each new group that enters my room?
Whether it is taking a sip of coffee (or bite of chocolate), taking a quick walk for fresh air in the hallways, having a laugh with a coworker, getting a yummy lunch delivered as a midday treat, or just Google-ing inspiration quotes…I am always recharging! But my main way I recharge…when I see the exiting group leave with a smile yet sad to leave…that is my motivation for the next group!
It warms my heart to see the excitement my students have about learning. I am constantly working hard to keep them motivated and to find new ways to help them in their struggling areas. I like to make learning fun for them so they don't lose focus and motivation. It is so important for them to see you having fun too! Give your students verbal praise, give them high fives (or fist bumps), say “hi” to them in the hallways. I am always striving to inspire my students to love learning and to never give up!
Remember…you are a rock. You are strong. You teach, inspire, and change!
How do you inspire? How do you recharge for each therapy session?
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